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Six Sigma Training: Table of Contents

  • What is Six Sigma?
  • A Specific Statistical Definition
  • A Problem-Solving Approach
  • A Management Philosophy
  • Ideal Six Sigma Implementation
  • Why do we use Six Sigma?
  • Isn't 99% Good Enough?
  • Where is Industry Today?
  • Industry's Challenge
  • Must We Change?
  • Six Sigma - Part of The Solution
  • The Promise of Six Sigma
  • Three Levels of Six Sigma Benefits
  • How do we use Six Sigma?
  • Six Sigma Problem Solving
  • The Six Sigma DMAIC Process
  • The Six Sigma Knowledge Funnel
  • Six Sigma: Before and After
  • Understanding and Using Control Charts
  • Process Variation Scenario
  • Introducing the Control Chart
  • Interpreting Control Charts
  • Special Cause: Process Shift
  • Special Cause: Process Trend
  • Is Every Picture Worth The Same 1,000 Words?
  • Process Stability
  • Control Charts for Making Decisions
  • Why Control Charts?
  • Control Charts: Special Cause = Process Information
  • Western Electric Rules
  • Common Cause Also Provides Information
  • Control Charts In Problem Solving
  • Control Charts for Leaders
  • Misinterpreting 3 Data Points
  • Control Charts: Leadership Imperative
  • Variation Management Paradox
  • Selecting and Creating Control Charts
  • Which Chart? Initial Answers
  • Generating an "Individuals" Control Chart
  • Generating "Individuals" Chart, Part 2
  • How Many Observations Are Enough?
  • How Many Observations Are Too Many?
  • Usage Example (Case Study)
  • Using a Control Chart
  • The Project Charter
  • Project Charter Template
  • Problem Statement
  • Project Scope
  • Performance Goals
  • Business Benefits
  • Team Members
  • Support Required
  • Issues / Risks / Constraints
  • Basic Meeting Management
  • Managing Meetings
  • Agendas and Minutes
  • Purpose / Process / Payoff
  • Team Roles
  • Seeking Consensus
  • The Parking Lot
  • Meeting Management = Meeting Productivity
  • Selecting Appropriate DMAIC Projects
  • Ideal DMAIC Projects
  • DMAIC Project Alarms
  • Project Selection Guidelines
  • DMAIC or DFSS
  • Managing Project Scope
  • A Word About First Projects
  • Project Complexity
  • DMAIC and Scope Reduction
  • Successful Project Launches
  • Project Launches
  • Preliminary Meeting
  • Team Kick-Off
  • Finalize Project
  • Adjust Team Roster
  • Customer Focus
  • Priorities In Six Sigma
  • Jack Welch Speaks
  • Outcomes vs. Measures
  • Why Use Data
  • Customer Needs Are Obvious
  • Who Says We Need Data?
  • Data Throughout DMAIC
  • Procedure: Developing Process Metrics
  • Developing Effective Process Metrics
  • A Word of Caution
  • Identify Process Outputs: Service As A Product
  • Introductory Concept: SIPOC
  • SIPOC In Context
  • Transactional Process Outputs
  • Service Products
  • Practice
  • Establish Customer Types
  • Describing Our Customers
  • How About Internal and External Customers?
  • Establish Customer Types Based On How They Use Service Products
  • Broker Customers: Special Challenges
  • Modifier Customers: Special Opportunities
  • Customer Types and SIPOC
  • Prioritize Requirements
  • Multiple Customers Equal Multiple Priorities
  • List Potential Requirements
  • Organize The List
  • Prioritize: Multi-Voting
  • Other Prioritizing Options
  • Process - Defined
  • Process Role Definition
  • Service-Profit Chain and Its Link to Customers
  • Customers - Needs and Requirements
  • Step #1 - Know What A Customer Is
  • Step #2 - Segment Customers
  • Step #3 - Determine Customer Needs and Requirements
  • Voice of Customer (VOC)
  • The (Noriaki) Kano VOC Model
  • Using The Kano Model: Must-Be
  • Using The Kano Model:1-Dimensional
  • Using The Kano Model: Delighters
  • Kano Model Migration
  • Kano's Model - Examples
  • Kano's Model - Example
  • Bringing It Together - The SIPOC Tool
  • Steps in Using the SIPOC
  • Questions To Help With SIPOC
  • Project Example
  • Convert Requirements To Metrics (CT Tree)
  • Critical To
  • CT Tree: From Outcomes to Measures
  • Benefits Of CT Trees
  • Deploy Operational Definitions
  • Examples of Operational Definitions
  • Example: Operational Definition
  • Never Assume that Everyone is Using the Same Definition
  • Data Collection Plan
  • Introduction
  • Probability - Independent Outcomes
  • The Basis of Probability Theory
  • Rolling A Single Die
  • Independent Events: Blackjack
  • Independent Outcomes On The Job
  • Probability - Dependent Outcomes
  • What Happens When We Roll A Pair Of Dice
  • Multiplying The Probabilities
  • Blood Types
  • Probability - Mixed Outcomes
  • What If We Mix Independent and Dependent Events?
  • Probability of Rolling A Seven?
  • Blood Types and Mixed Outcomes
  • Continuous vs. Attribute Data
  • Continuous and Attribute Data
  • How Many Samples?
  • Dealing With Attribute Data
  • np Chart (Simulated Data)
  • Introducing The Normal Distribution
  • The Normal Distribution
  • Introducing Normal Probabilities
  • Summarizing The Normal Distribution
  • A "Six Sigma" Process
  • Statistics - Descriptive vs. Inferential
  • Descriptive vs. Inferential Statistics
  • Statistics - Central Tendency (Mean and Median)
  • Example Data Set
  • Central Tendency
  • Median vs. Mean
  • When To Use the Median
  • Statistics - Dispersion (Standard Deviation and Variance)
  • Standard Deviation
  • Computing "s"
  • Variance and Standard Deviation
  • Practice #1
  • Statistics - Sampling Issues - Population vs. Sample
  • Population vs. Sample
  • Symbols: Population vs. Sample
  • Review: Normal Distribution
  • The Normal Distribution
  • Six Sigma Process
  • Process Capability Terminology
  • Normal Probabilities
  • Moving Forward
  • Continuous Data
  • Z Value Equations
  • Example #1: Time from arrival in ED until Treatment (aka "Door to Doc")
  • Applying the Normal Distribution
  • Example #1: Now We Use the Equations
  • Example #1: Interpreting ZU=12
  • Example #1: Z → Probability
  • Example #1: Summary Results
  • Practice
  • Practice Demonstration: Scenario #1
  • Terminology: Z and Cpk
  • Easier Still: SigmaXL
  • Attribute Data
  • Units or Opportunities?
  • Opportunity Counting: Beware!
  • Example #2: Collecting Health Histories
  • Example #2: Data and Equations
  • Short-term vs. Long-term Variation (ZST vs. ZLT)
  • Practice
  • Converting Between Z and PPM
  • Z ←→ PPM: 4 Options
    1. Rules of Thumb: Z ←→ PPM
    2. Z ←→ PPM Lookup Tables
    3. Z ←→ PPM Graph
    4. Z ←→ PPM Equations
  • Measurement: A Process With Variation
  • Outcome of DMAIC Projects
  • Measurement Is A Data-Producing Process
  • Even "High-Tech" Systems Experience Significant Measurement Variation
  • The Ideal Measurement System
  • Components of S2 Measurement ("Measurement Variation")
  • It's a Matter of Integrity
  • Defining the perfect MandM®
  • Start with Operational Definitions
  • Next: Define the scope of your intended MSA
  • Repeatability in a Gage R&R Study
  • Reproducibility in a Gage R&R Study
  • Basic Terminology, Concept and Requirements
  • R&R Procedure
  • Generating R&R Template in SigmaXL
  • SigmaXL R&R Template
  • Entering R&R Data
  • Interpreting R&R Output
  • How Good Is Good Enough?
  • Dealing With Unacceptable R&R
  • R&R After Improve Phase
  • R&R's Moving Target
  • Data integrity has the final word
  • More Traditional View Of COPQ
  • "Traditional" COPQ Model
  • Containment Is Costly
  • Six Sigma View Towards COPQ
  • Pitfalls of Doing Inspection in Quality
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) COPQ Categories
  • ASQ COPQ Categories
  • COPQ "Iceberg"
  • Applying COPQ
  • COPQ Worksheet
  • Approaches to Consider
  • Pitfalls to Avoid
  • By Way of Introduction
  • Formal vs. Informal Inspection
  • Formal Inspection
  • Not All Errors Make It to Formal Inspection
  • Informal Inspection and Hidden Rework
  • Informal Find-and-Fix Works, Right?
  • Quality And Rework
  • Terminology
  • Poisson Distribution and Throughput Yield
  • Rolled Throughput Yield
  • The YRT "Bucket Brigade" Concept
  • Let Us Try an Example
  • YRT Example: Step #1
  • YRT Example: Step #2
  • YRT Through the Entire Process
  • YRT: Computation Shortcut
  • Z-Values
  • YTP and Process Capability
  • Excel Formula: Using Yield to Estimate Z
  • Yield and Z in Non-Repetitive Processes
  • Hidden Factory
  • Resources for Rework
  • Rework and Resources
  • Higher DPU Processes and Rework
  • "Hidden Hospital" For High DPU
  • Getting Started: Analyze Strategies
  • Flow Charts Overview
  • Why Flow Charts?
  • Benefiting From Flow Charts
  • Flow Chart Case Study
  • Review: Flow Chart Basics
  • Getting More out of Flow Charts
  • The Mapping Challenge: How Much Detail?
  • Guidelines: Flow Chart Detail
  • Value-Added Analysis
  • Value / Non-Value Grid
  • Value / Non-Value Analysis
  • List Expansion
  • List Expansion and Reduction Opportunities
  • Expansion vs. Reduction
  • List Expansion: Traditional Brainstorming
  • List Expansion: Post-it Blitz
  • List Reduction
  • Right After List Expansion, Just Before List Reduction
  • The Fish-Bone Diagram
  • Fish-Bone Categories
  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Multi-Voting
  • Multi-Voting Silly Example: Prioritizing Beer Characteristics
  • Nominal Group Technique (NGT)
  • IPO Diagram / CN(X)
  • Input-Process-Output Terminology
  • Many Inputs, Few Outputs
  • The IPO Diagram
  • Basic Data Display Techniques
  • Benefits of Graphical Tools
  • Pareto Charts and Pivot Charts
  • Creating a Pareto Chart in SigmaXL
  • Resulting Pareto Chart
  • Histograms
  • Histograms - Pros and Cons
  • Creating Histograms in SigmaXL
  • SigmaXL Histogram Output
  • Grouping Histograms in SigmaXL
  • After Eliminating Bimodality
  • Box Plots
  • Grouped Histogram or Box Plot?
  • From Histogram to Box Plot
  • Box Plot Using Histogram Data
  • Box Plot Scenario
  • Creating Box Plots in SigmaXL
  • Box Plot Results
  • Standard Error of the Mean
  • Repeated Samples from a Process
  • Standard Error of the Mean and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Example - Central Limit Theorem in Use
  • Confidence Interval of the Mean
  • Recall: Normal Distribution
  • Normal Distribution Using the Standard Error of the Mean
  • Example #1a: Confidence Interval of Person-Hours
  • Example #1a: Using SigmaXL
  • Standard Error of the Mean and Confidence Intervals with Hypothesis Testing
  • The Process of Learning
  • Design of Experiments
  • Design of Experiments: How Do We Learn?
  • Design of Experiments - Methods
  • Trial and Error
  • Trial and Error Experiments
  • OFAT
  • OFAT (One Factor at a Time) Experiments
  • Full Factorial
  • Full Factorial Experiments
  • Fractional Factorial
  • Fractional Factorial Experiments
  • Basics of Hypothesis Tests SigmaXL P-Value
  • 4 Ways X Impacts Y
  • How Sure Are We?
  • Process: The Hypothesis Test
  • The P-Value
  • Tests of Means: Single Data Set
  • Example #1b: Scenario
  • Example #1b: Hypothesis Test Process
  • Example #1c: Another Approach to the Same Hypothesis Test
  • Example #1c: Select t-Statistic and Compute t
  • Example #1c
  • How Many Tails on that Test?
  • 1-Tail vs. 2-Tail Tests
  • A Non-Statistical Issue
  • 2 Data Sets
  • Scenario: Comparing Two Data Sets
  • Example #2: Start with Descriptive Statistics
  • Example #2: Descriptive Stats Output
  • Example #2: 2 Sample t-Test (Part 1)
  • Example #2: 2 Sample t-Test (Part 2)
  • Example #2: Output SigmaXL 2 Sample t-Test
  • Test of Variances
  • Why the F-Test?
  • Example #3a: Manual F-Test Procedure
  • Example #3a: Manual F-Test Computations
  • Example #3b: SigmaXL F-Test and More (Part 1)
  • Example #3b: SigmaXL F-Test and More (Part 2)
  • Example #3b: SigmaXL "Comparison Tests" Output
  • Sequencing Hypothesis Tests
  • Summary: Transactional Six Sigma
  • Transactional Process Defined
  • 10 Financial Six Sigma Projects
  • Process Summary: Transactional Six Sigma
  • Flow Chart Varieties
  • Interrelationship Diagraph
  • Relationship Maps
  • Relationship Map (RM) Example: Lemonade Stand
  • Developing the RM: The Relationship Table
  • Problem Solving Using Relationship Maps
  • RM Disconnects
  • Swim Charts
  • Swim Chart of a Sub-Process: Building the Lemonade Stand
  • Swim Chart Considerations
  • Why do Disconnects Exist?
  • Work Flow Layouts
  • Work Flow Layouts
  • Identifying Improvement Opportunities
  • Organizational Drivers
  • Scientific Basis of Consequence Analysis
  • Consequence Analysis Worksheet
  • Process: Consequence Analysis Worksheet
  • Consequence Analysis in the News: Accounting Scandals in Publicly Held
  • Companies
  • Process: Developing Should-Be
  • Selecting Hypothesis Tests
  • Basis for Selecting Hypothesis Tests
  • Selecting Hypothesis Tests
  • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Overview of ANOVA
  • ANOVA Scenario
  • Example: ANOVA with SigmaXL
  • Interpreting SigmaXL ANOVA Output
  • Taking ANOVA Further
  • Tests of 2 Proportions
  • Overview: 2-Proportion Test
  • Proportion Test Scenario
  • Proportions Test Using SigmaXL
  • Taking it Further
  • Basic Linear Regression
  • Linear Regression Overview
  • Prediction Equation
  • Concept of R2
  • Example: Linear Regression
  • Linear Regression using SigmaXL
  • Linear Regression Output
  • Correlation = Causation?
  • Advanced Regression Topics
  • Hypothesis Testing Tradeoffs
  • Decision Errors
  • Hypothesis Tests and Sample Sizes
  • Determining Sample Sizes
  • Granularity Guidelines: t-test
  • When to Consider ( α = β) ≠ 0.05
  • Pivot Tables
  • More than One X
  • 2 or More Factors: Excel Pivot Table and Pivot Chart
  • Building the Pivot Table
  • Pivot Table: Selecting the Fields
  • Pivot Table Output
  • Pivot Chart - After Editing
  • Other Uses for Pivot Tables
  • Multi-Vari Charts
  • Multi-Vari: Sources of Variation
  • Logging Multi-Vari Data
  • Creating a Multi-Vari in SigmaXL
  • Interpreting the Multi-Vari Chart
  • Criteria for Using Multi-Vari
  • Analyze This!
  • Open-Narrow-Close
  • Generating Solutions
  • Brainstorming
  • Modified Brainstorming
  • Best Practices
  • Organizing Solutions
  • Selecting Solutions
  • Multi-Voting (15 Items or Fewer)
  • Selecting Solutions: Multi-Voting Example
  • Selecting Solutions: Multi-Voting Example Results
  • Pay-Off Matrix
  • Selecting Solutions: Pay-Off Matrix Example
  • Musts/Wants Criteria
  • Selecting Solutions: Musts/Wants Example
  • Project Selection Matrix
  • Introduction to FMEA
  • The Concept Of Risk
  • Process and Product Risk
  • Producer and Customer Risk
  • FMEA: Dealing with Potential Failures
  • The FMEA Process
  • FMEA Template
  • Invoking SigmaXL FMEA Template
  • Overview: SigmaXL FMEA Template
  • Failure Modes vs. Effects
  • FMEA Terms
  • More Terms
  • Modes vs. Effects
  • Risk Priority Number (RPN)
  • RPN Elements
  • Rating RPN Elements
  • How to Use FMEA
  • The FMEA Process
  • Hints To Make FMEA Work
  • More Hints
  • Step 6: Develop Action Plans
  • Step 7: Follow-Up
  • Why People Resist Change
  • How Can We Help Reduce Uncertainty?
  • Uncertainty and Perceived Threats
  • Influencing Individuals' Behavior
  • Individuals We Want to Influence
  • Communicate to Motivate
  • Specifying the Desired Behaviors
  • Handling Performance Gaps: A 3-Step Process
  • Challenges of 3-Step Process
  • Step #1: Describe Performance Gap
  • Step #2: Explore How We Can Help
  • Step #3: Explain Consequences
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Non-Delegable Roles of Leadership
  • 10 Questions Leaders Should Answer
  • 10 Questions Leaders Should Ask
  • Driving Cultural Change
  • Aligning the Reward System
  • Influencing Process Change
  • 10 Ways To Sell Change
  • Confirming Project Stakeholders
  • Confirming Project Stakeholders: Example
  • Creating the Need for Your Solutions
  • Threat-Opportunity Matrix
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Force Field Example: New Public Hospital
  • Restraining Force Strategy
  • Resistance Strategies
  • Questioning Systems and Structures
  • Piloting
  • When to Pilot
  • Steps for Pilots
  • Tips for Pilots
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • What is DFSS
  • DFSS in Healthcare
  • DMAIC and DFSS Differences
  • DFSS = DMADV
  • Map of DFSS and DMAIC
  • Introduction to Lean Principals
  • What is Lean
  • Get Rid of the Waste
  • Examples of Muda
  • Five Principles of Lean Thinking
  • Value
  • Value Stream
  • Value-Added / Non-Value-Added
  • Rework
  • Other Non-Value-Added Activities
  • Flow
  • What Affects Flow?
  • Pull
  • Perfection
  • Linking Lean Thinking and Six Sigma
  • Process Improvement Monitoring
  • Monitoring Strategies
  • Example
  • Patient Evaluation Audit Scores
  • Run Chart
  • Central Tendency
  • Frequency Distribution
  • Statistical Process Control Methods
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Control Chart Review
  • Control Chart Selection
  • Selecting a Control Chart
  • Application for Control Phase in Six Sigma
  • Process: Launching SPC
  • SPC and Statistical Software
  • Recall: CNX
  • Revising Control Limits
  • Can Processes Change After DMAIC?
  • Criteria for Computing New Control Limits
  • Introduction
  • Why Control Plans
  • What is a Control Plan?
  • What to Include
  • Process Improvement Hand-Off: The Response Plan
  • Example - Completed Response Plan
  • Backup Documentation and Data
  • Backup Documentation Examples
  • Implementation
  • Selected Project Management Questions
  • Stakeholders and Resources
  • Milestone Examples
  • Resources: Planning the Rollout
  • Resources: Planning for Training
  • Risk Management: Issues to Anticipate
  • Sustaining Gains
  • Compliance Audits
  • Overview: Audit Process
  • Auditor Responsibilities
  • Corrective Action
  • Final Comments
  • Sources for External Reporting and Benchmarking
  • Joint Commission (JCAHO)
  • JCAHO Reviewable Sentinel Events
  • JCAHO National Sentinel Event Statistics
  • JCAHO National Sentinel Event Statistics - Root Causes
  • Research into Action - National Patient Safety Goals
  • National Patient Safety Goals for 2005
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • CMS Initiative
  • Sample CMS Report
  • UHC
  • Solucient
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Report Cards
  • Issues with Report Cards
  • Pay for Performance (P4P)
  • Issues with Pay for Performance
  • What Are Human Factors?
  • Why Human Factors in Healthcare?
  • Taking Human Factors Into Account
  • Donald Norman's Principles of Good Design
  • Other Things To Consider
  • Some Factors Affecting Performance
  • What Can Go Wrong?
  • Usability: ISO 9000 Standards
  • Usability
  • Usability: The 5 E's
  • Case Example: OR Suite Set-Up
  • The Baldrige Award
  • Healthcare Criteria
  • Core Values
  • Healthcare Criteria Expanded
  • Scoring
  • Scoring Matrix: Categories 1-6
  • Pursuing the Award
  • Baldrige-Based Assessments
  • Management and Resources
  • Example: Assessment Outcome
  • Example: Prioritizing the Opportunities
  • Example: Clustering of Opportunities
  • Example: Customized Six Sigma Rollout
  • Conclusions
  • Balanced Scorecard's Four Perspectives
  • Learning and Growth Perspective
  • Internal - Business Process Perspective
  • Customer Perspective
  • Financial Perspective
  • Additional Perspectives
  • Critical Requirements
  • Applying the Balanced Scorecard
  • Balanced Scorecard and Baldrige Criteria
  • Balanced Scorecard and Six Sigma